Cooking Together This Holiday Season

Cooking Together This Holiday Season

Teh-PumpkinAppleBreakfastCookies with copyThe downtime we have during the holidays is the perfect opportunity to spend time in the kitchen with your children. Teaching children the love and joy of cooking is a wonderful gift. It also allows for quality time together doing a meaningful activity that will stay with them for years to come. I have such fond memories of cooking with my mother when I was young. 

Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated or take a long time, but family members are often running in multiple directions and getting meals on the table can become time-sensitive. It is nice to take advantage of the holidays when we can slow down a bit, and make food for friends and loved ones!

Since mornings are crazy around my house, occasionally breakfast is eaten in the car on the way to school and work. In a perfect world, we would all sit down to breakfast together, but let’s face it, the real world isn’t always conducive to family time. That’s why I love this Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Cookie recipe! These cookies come together quickly and the recipe is easy for getting the children involved. This treat is actually perfect for any time of day, or as a snack; and although I call them “cookies,” they are more like baked oatmeal in a cookie shape. You can bake these at night or on the weekend and then store them in the refrigerator or freezer to eat later.

Depending upon the age of your child, here are some tasks that most children 2 years old and up can easily accomplish:

  • Help gather and measure out ingredients
  • Stir ingredients
  • Measure out cookies onto the baking sheet
  • Have fun!

To learn more about cooking with children, see these posts about kitchen safety and fun and some of my favorite tips cooking with children.

What are your favorite recipes to prepare with your children?

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